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Community Spotlight: Think Together

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) partners with Think Together to create Learning Link Centers, where parents and their children play and learn together. Think Together is a non-profit organization that has served our community for more than 20 years. Their goal is to build strong relationships between parents and their children, help them develop a love for learning, and provide families with resources to advocate for their children.

“The goal is to reach families who are not income eligible for free preschool or cannot afford the fee based preschools, and empower them to become better prepared for kindergarten,” said Director of Early Childhood Education Kathleen Leary.

In spring of 2017 NMUSD opened two Learning Link Centers, where families with children ages birth to five years old are provided with purposeful learning opportunities specific to their child’s developmental level. They offer an interactive place for parents to bond with their children and to support their growth across a range of disciplines, including early education, language development, health and wellness, and family support. The program supports early childhood development by providing various developmentally appropriate learning stations for children and parents to participate in as well as educational toys to stimulate children’s minds and encourage parent/child dialogue and interaction.

“Learning Link Centers allow parents to gain an introduction into the K-12 learning system through a family-centered and inviting approach,” said Leary.

NMUSD teachers and specialists from the Early Childhood Education and Special Education Departments, along with Think Together and AmeriCorps members manage the Learning Link Centers to provide an engaging environment where they model skills and promote parent-child interaction.

Learn more by visiting the Early Education website.